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Rosie Apologizes to Elisabeth Hasselbeck

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Rosie O’Donnell has issued an apology to Elisabeth Hasselbeck after O’Donnell dressed down her View cohost during a heated discussion on Wednesday’s show about the federal government’s access to citizens’ private telephone conversations.

When Hasselbeck said she favored giving the government that option, O’Donnell responded, “Elisabeth, you are very young, and you are very wrong.” (Hasselbeck is 29; O’Donnell turns 45 this month.)

By Thursday afternoon on her Web site, O’Donnell posted a lengthy message in her haiku style. It began: “i said some of elisabeths comments were ignorant / which was ignorant itself.”

She also writes:

“i love Elisabeth
i hurt her feelings
i feel badly
she has forgiven me
i have not myself”

Recently, some of O’Donnell’s outspoken comments on the show – which have helped the show’s ratings since she arrived last September – have caused friction with others. Besides the headline-making feud with Donald Trump over Miss USA Tara Conner, O’Donnell also clashed with Kelly Ripa over the Live host’s treatment of Clay Aiken, and caused outcries in the Asian community when she made fun of the Chinese language.

Adds O’Donnell on Thursday’s blog:

“it is a hard job
there on the view
where the lines between tv and truth
overlap and blur”

The tiff was also reported Friday in the New York Post’s Page Six column. On Friday’s View no mention was made of the O’Donnell-Hasselbeck differences, though the women at the table did get into a lively argument over ageism, prompting Joy Behar to declare that she would not state her age because, “It’s so high at this point it gives me vertigo.”